Rhododendron minus var. minus
- Common Name(s):
- 'Southern Cerise' Piedmont Rhododendron
- Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Woody evergreen compact to straggling shrub in the Ericaceae family. Heat tolerant but also surprisingly cold hardy (to -5°F). Found in the woods and mountains, on moist slopes, streamsides, rocky cliffs and ridges in AL, GA, NC, SC, and TN.
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Evergreen Bloom: Spring
Wildlife Value: Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Rhododendrons are susceptible to insect and disease problems. Insect problems include aphids, borers, lacebugs, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, nematodes, scale, thrips and whitefly. Diseases include canker, crown rot, root rot, leaf spot, rust, and powdery mildew. Full sun can scortch the leaves and the roots rot if soil does not drain well. A healthy plant in the right place with proper maintenance should have few problems. This plant suffers from deer browsing. In harsh winters the leaves may burn somewhat, but the plant is unharmed and aggressively springs back.
- 1-2 ft
- Simple, alternate twisting dark green leathery leaves. Apex usually acute or acuminate, secondary veins usually not depressed
- Tolerates damp soil.
- Compact to straggling
- Full sun to partial shade
- Elongated capsule
- Eastern US
- AL, GA, NC, SC, and TN
- Found in:
- Peidmont, Mountains
- 1-2 ft
NCCES plant id: 3132